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BuildTools

Construction management built by builders, for builders.

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BuildTools Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

BuildTools product overview

Price starts from

299

Per month

Flat Rate

What is BuildTools?

BuildTools is a cloud-based construction project management software for custom home builders and remodelers. The solution helps users organize the chaos of building projects, providing one spot for scheduling, budgeting, purchasing, service, and client communication. Users can manage their projects from anywhere using their computer, tablet or mobile device. The BuildTools app is available for Android and iOS. BuildTools is available in English and an ideal fit for builders in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Key benefits of using BuildTools

? BuildTools is an online construction management software that helps stakeholders involved in the construction or remodeling of a home communicate with each other and manage construction activities.

? Say goodbye to pen and paper schedules or spreadsheets that are a pain to update. BuildTools enables you to create schedules from scratch or use a past project as a template. Quickly make adjustments and make updated to the published schedule. Choose who gets notified of scheduling changes. One change automatically adjusts dependencies so you don't have to worry about missed milestones or deadlines.

? BuildTools stores and manages all documents associated with the construction project and notifies the entire team of any changes made, as well as creates an archive of all documents that have been updated. The centralized inbox makes it easy to search for messages across projects or resources.

? With the bid management module you can distribute specs to multiple subcontractors, send reminders of bid due dates, and track project documents downloaded. We know getting buy-in from subcontractors is difficult when it comes to new technology, so your subcontractors don't even need to log in to the tool to submit their bid. They can respond by email and the details are captured in BuildTools.

? The budgeting module enables you to use your own cost codes, issue purchase orders, and track change orders and their impact on the budget. Get real-time visibility into your finances and easily manage your budget so you don't lose money on costly mistakes or over-runs.

? BuildTools fully integrates with QuickBooks Online and Desktop as well as Xero accounting software. All project and cost codes, invoices, purchase orders, subcontractor data, and vendor contact information is automatically imported and synced between your accounting tool and BuildTools.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Knowledge Base
Email/Help Desk
Chat
Phone Support

Training options

Videos
Live Online
Documentation
In Person

BuildTools pricing information

Value for money

4.7

/5

33

Starting from

299

Per month

Flat Rate

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

Value for money contenders

BuildTools features

Functionality

3.7

/5

33

Total features

73

5 categories

Most valued features by users

Document Management
Project Tracking
Data Import/Export
Subcontractor Management
Mobile Access
Projections
Activity Dashboard
Project Management

BuildTools users reviews

Overall Rating

3.9

/5

33

Positive reviews

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7.11/10
Rating distribution

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Pros
The initial sales team was great. We felt that they understood our needs and that we were a great fit.
We have been a client for several years now and have enjoyed the fantastic feedback from our clients to keep them up to date on their jobs, especially our out of town clients.
Customer support has been very good and steady. They are a small, but growing, company and you can see the commitment to customer service.
Cons
Too residential, limited features, no sub contract change orders, no way to resend purchase agreements or sub contracts. Most of the emails sent from Buildtools get sent to spam by vendors.
Worst construction management tool I have ever used.
We updated our cost codes this year and making those changes on the back end and then the front end was difficult to do. Some setting changes are also hard to find in the administrator.

Overall rating contenders

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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BuildTools, a foundation to build on.

Reviewed 11 days ago

BuildTools is allowing us to be more agile and efficient both in the office and in the field. The digital platform and mobile access capabilities have allowed us to take a good system and make it great.

Pros

BuildTools utilizes an user friendly interface that is easy to rollout to a team of varying tech skills. The customizable nature of the platform has allowed us to keep a lot of our legacy procedures while updating to more effective and efficient digital platform.

Cons

The biggest issue that we have had is how the platform integrates with our QuickBooks accounting system. The QuickBooks integration has been fine, however it is more rigid and less customizable to our legacy procedures.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best Available

Reviewed 2 years ago

We are very happy with BuildTools using it since 2013.

Pros

BuildTools has a great budget module which ties to the financial system, a great purchase order system and change order tracking.

Cons

The selection module could be tweaked to include more features (text formatting for example and list building within descriptions)

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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I appreciate the value of Build Tools to communicate with our clients and trades.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Being able to communicate effectively to our trade partners and clients. Keeping the project managers of each job on schedule with their daily logs and for purchasing by sending PO's to trade partners to be confirmed as well as change orders to be reviewed and approved by the client.

Pros

I like that our clients and trades can see the progress of their home as it is being built from start to finish. They can access anything from building permits to daily schedules and pictures of progress. It's a wonderful way to schedule your trades in advance as well to ensure they will be there when they are needed and lets the clients know who will be out at their home and when.

Cons

There is no way to create a master schedule for all the jobs for in-house use in terms of accountability. We would like to be able to put all current jobs major scheduling items on one grand schedule. I was told by September there was to be a new roll out of the software including using the schedule as we need and my company would be a tester of that roll out and I have not heard anything since then. There is also little pains such as when pictures are uploaded they get turned sideways no matter that the original orientation was straight up.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Transformational. Scaleable. Powerful. Appropriately priced and with solid support.

Reviewed 5 years ago

We have been able to tie together multiple geographically dispersed staff and simultaneously dispense with multiple different tools/desktop based software. It has increased our ability to monitor work performance, share experiences and ensure continuity of work during staff absences as all project information is always available to all permitted users from virtualy any device.

Pros

BuildTools has far more features than other systems we compared in its class. This has allowed us to perform not only almost all major business functions: selections & client management, change order documentation, communications, bids procurement, budget monitoring, scheduling, and invoicing but also other important but less well promoted capabilities such as daily logs (for health, safety & schedule deviation monitoring), meeting minutes that permit tasks to be assigned & tracked (for use with clients, subcontractors/suppliers, or internally) among others. This combined with the product's progressive incremental improvements and willingness to occasionally make changes based on our own suggestions or requests add up to good value.

Cons

The advantage of having so many features can also be a detriment to new users, for whom learning and navigating the system may be overwhelming at first. This is exacerbated by weak FAQs/video tutorials and lack of proactive hints/suggestions as to how to get the most out of the software. However if one is patient and implements the system section by section as each are successively mastered and while doing so makes use of the excellent and always responsive (and free) support staff, then this shortcoming can be overcome, revealing all of the features and capabilities.

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Reviewed 9 years ago

We're a small design build company focusing on high-end remodeling and custom homes. We produce design in house, and then provide construction services with in-house project managers and carpenters, as well as subcontractors performing the work. Every client goes through the same process, however, since each project is unique we always have unique tasks to accomplish for each job. We chose a...

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BuildTools FAQs and common questions

Q. What type of pricing plans does BuildTools offer?

BuildTools has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $299.00/month
Pricing model: Subscription


Q. Who are the typical users of BuildTools?

BuildTools has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business


Q. What languages does BuildTools support?

BuildTools supports the following languages:
English


Q. Does BuildTools support mobile devices?

BuildTools supports the following devices:
Android, iPad, iPhone


Q. Does BuildTools offer an API?

No, BuildTools does not have an API available.


Q. What other apps does BuildTools integrate with?

BuildTools integrates with the following applications:
QuickBooks Online Advanced, Quickbooks Online, Xero, Microsoft Excel


Q. What level of support does BuildTools offer?

BuildTools offers the following support options:
Knowledge Base, Email/Help Desk, Chat, Phone Support

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